Day 7: Wednesday, May 7: Preparing to confess.

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Jesus Christ, Our advocate in heaven, You are merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love and faithfulness.

You forgive iniquity, transgression and sin.

Reveal to us our sin in the light of Your purity and holiness.

You are infinitely holy in nature and sin is an abomination in your sight.

We come to plead for mercy and grace for ourselves and for our generation.

Justice is far from us.

We look for light, but there is darkness!

We grope around as if we are blind.

We stumble and fall because our transgressions are with us, and we know our iniquities.

We speak oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.

Justice is turned back in our nations and righteousness stands afar off; Truth is fallen in the street and equity cannot enter.

Oh, send your Spirit to convict us of sin, righteousness and judgment because You are faithful and will forgive us if we confess our sins.

Free us from the burden of the guilt of our sins and from the bondages of the power of sin.

Help us not to live according to our fleshly desires, but to put to death the deeds of the flesh through Your Spirit.

Let the fruit of the Spirit become evident in the Church and may our conduct be honorable amongst the unbelievers so that they may see our good works and glorify You.

Search now our hearts, oh God, and see if there are any wicked ways in us.